Fake police summons, 2

The following is an e-mail I received recently, purporting to be a summons to contact a police office. It is similar to this example in several respects.

No need to make a detailed analysis. Just note that Dr. Sarah Benson, the purported Australian Federal Police Chief Forensic Scientist, is using the Gmail address george.kenny52@gmail.com for official business. How credible is that?

The fake police summons, delivered as a PDF attachment:

Fake summons
Fake summons.

The OCR text of the fake summons, to make it indexable by web spiders:



By the mandate of the Chief of Australian Federal Police and Head of the Department of the Australian INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB); Commissioner Reece Kershaw (COM), I am contacting you after a computerized forensic seizure of Cyber-infiltration relating to following analysis:

Australian Federal Police Child Protection Operations (CPO) performs an investigative and coordination role within Australia for online child sexual exploitation investigations. These investigations often involve multi jurisdictional cooperation within Australia as well as abroad. These matters include liaison and referral to and from Australian State and Territory Police, international law enforcement agencies, INTERPOL, the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT), government and non-government organizations, private industry and members of the public.

The Internet provides the social, individual and technological circumstances in which an interest in child pornography flourishes. That is why the accessibility of child pornography,, produce, disseminate or child abuse images I material on the Internet an offense as detailed in the NSW Crimes Act 1900, Section 91H(3) with maximum penalty of prison sentences.

I am Dr. Sarah Benson, the Australian Federal Police Chief Forensic Scientist (CFS), our forensic department has recorded your online activities which constitute evidence(s) on the targeted advertisement sites, viewing of child pornographic videos, naked photos of minors which subjects you to several Lawsuits.

For the sake of confidentiality, I am contacting you privately and request you to respond to this message by writing your justifications for us to investigate and verify before assessing the appropriate sanctions within a strict deadline of 24 hours.

After the expiration of the deadline, the forensic department of the Australian Federal Police will be obliged to send our report to Australian Federal Prosecution Service, to establish a mandate of arrest against you and we will proceed to your immediate arrest by the closest Federal Police Station to your Place of Residence I office and you will be registered in the National Register of Sex Offenders. In this case, your file will also be sent to associations fighting against PEDOPHILIA and to the Media for publication.

And the text of the e-mail:

From: Federalpolice director <george.kenny52@gmail.com>
To: undisclosed-recipients;
To Whom It May Concern,

You are mandated by this Office to respond with immediate effect to the attached summons.

If you do not respond within 24 hours, we will have no choice but to take legal action against you.



In most cases your Gmail server will correctly identify this e-mail as spam, and you will only see the e-mail if you open your Spam folder. The Gmail website will also block you from downloading the PDF attachment.

Gmail addresses cost nothing, and anyone can anonymously register an address in minutes. They are "burner" addresses used once and then abandoned, regardless of whether Gmail shuts them down. Once the spammers/fraudsters have used them for a round of spam, these addresses end up on lists of banned addresses even if the accounts are still open, so the spammers prefer to create new addresses for their next rounds of spam. There are also limits of 500 e-mail recipients per e-mail and 500 sent e-mails per day sent from one address, which means the spammers need multiple fresh addresses for each round of spam

If you ask me, these limits are far too generous for a free e-mail account, so I would strongly encourage Gmail to substantially lower them to something like 50 total recipients per day, and to make bulk amounts of sent e-mails available only to paid accounts non-refundable if closed for violation of the rules.

Needless to say, simply ignore these fake summons. Do not reply to this e-mail, since these fraudsters are not targeting you personally, have no evidence against you, and don't have a clue what you are downloading or not downloading from the Internet. They are simply using a list of thousands of e-mail addresses trawled from the Web, hoping to entrap a few simpletons ready to believe anything they are told and easily scammed out of their hard-earned cash. If you really feel strongly about it, report this extortion attempt to your local police. However, be aware that, although impersonating a police authority seems a serious enough offence, your local police has more important things to do than chase a rabble of Nigerian wannabe fraudsters who are sending spam via a Mexican Gmail relay server.

Your primary line of defense against Internet fraud is you. Make yourself less vulnerable by learning the tell-tale signs to distinguish legitimate e-mail from spam and fraud. It is not that difficult.